70,000 quacks endangering people's lives in Pakistan



Islamabad: As many as 70,000 fake doctors in Pakistan are endangering the lives of millions across the country, a latest report has said.

"Some 70,000 quacks with bogus medical degrees are endangering lives across the country. While all those found guilty ought to be prosecuted and punished, more comprehensive preventative measures are also in order," a report in the Dawn newspaper said.

An anti-corruption cell recently cracked down on Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital for allegedly hiring six fake doctors.

Three of the six doctors were brothers and one of them was hired as a neurosurgeon.

These 'doctors' are either not registered with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council or hold phoney registration certificates, the report said.

A noted doctor from Faisalabad, Aslam Akhtar, recently presented a paper at the International Conference on AIDS where he said quackery and malpractices in healthcare are common in Pakistan and that a majority of people are treated by quacks.

Akhtar also spoke about 20 quacks in Faisalabad who were running clinics and found that 99 per cent of them were not even matriculates, it said, adding that 76 per cent of them did not follow proper medical guidelines and were using disposable syringes for more than one patient.

Taking a strong stand on this, the federal health ministry has said it will take strict action against the flourishing quackery system in the country.

Health Minister Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani said his ministry is devising a law to curb this malpractice.

Bureau Report